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Ashford Castle; Ashford In The Water

In the civil parish of Ashford In The Water.
In the historic county of Derbyshire.
Modern Authority of Derbyshire.
1974 county of Derbyshire.
Medieval County of Derbyshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK19536980
Latitude 53.22489° Longitude -1.70892°

Ashford Castle; Ashford In The Water has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Homestead moat, probably associated with the fortified house of the Nevilles (1408-1550). The site is tradionally that of Ashford Castle but there is no evidence to substantiate or refute this assertion. (PastScape)

N.N.E. of Ashford Church are the foundations of the mansion granted in 1319 to Edmund Plantagenet, Earl of Kent (Bagshaw). The small moat at the back of the Bull's Head Inn is traditionally the site of Ashford Castle. (Listed under 'Castle Mounds with Attached Courts') (VCH). The so-called moat was, judging from the earth bank remaining, simply the site of the old foundations of a small house of the Nevilles (1408-1550), who built a fortified residence north of Ashford church (Norman). A homestead moat in fair condition but now being infilled by the R.D.C. (Field Investigators Comments-F1 FDC 08-JUN-66). (PastScape)

The site is too small to have been a castle but as a manor house of the important Neville family likely to have been dressed up with martial symbols, such as battlements.
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